Hideous stretch marks can be extremely disturbing. Stretch marks are formed when there is a tear in our connective tissues or fibers due to the stretching of skin during pregnancy to contain the fetus.
Some of us are more prone to stretch mark formation due to our morphology (body types). Those with bilious or nervous morphology have weaker connective tissues, which result in occurrences of stretch marks after birth.
The study of morphology (body types) dates back to a concept developed by Hippocrates (460 – 377 BC). Methode Physiodermie based its face and body analysis on the understanding of individuals’ 4 dominant morphologies – Bilious Morphology, Lymphatic Morphology, Sanguineous Morphology and Nervous Morphology.
Stretch marks which are fairly new and red in color have higher healing potential than those that have faded to a white or silvery shade.
Stretch mark creams are available to aid skin regeneration. Due to accumulation of dead skin cells over time, exfoliation is also important.
Although many neglect this step during their skin treatment routines, exfoliation is vital as it allows these creams to penetrate the skin.
For more immediate results, there are treatments which can help improve skin conditions and laxity after birth. You should seek advice and recommendations from a professional therapist. Stretch marks are best treated 2 to 3 weeks after natural birth.
However, all is not lost if you are taking preventative measures during pregnancy. Stretch mark creams can help minimize the formation of stretch marks by improving the elasticity of your skin tissues and moisturizing it to prepare for expansion. Softening the skin around your tummy area with appropriate creams or oils can minimize the appearance of stretch marks. These applications will help improve the elasticity of your skin tissues and moisturizes your skin in preparation for expansion.